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Visiting LA from NYC and looking for best izakaya and any other recs

I'm a huge fan of Bar Hagi in NYC and looking for a great LA izakaya recommendation. Thanks!

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  1. You don't say where you'll be staying, but there are good ones in Little Tokyo as this thread covers: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/690060 and good ones on the west side as this thread covers: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/767413

    On Sawtelle you can find some good ones and close by on Olympic Blvd. at Barrington you can find a Korean one with plenty of Japanese influences that we like called Raku (I think it's owned by the same folks who own the downtown LA Raku).

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    Raku Restaurant
    11678 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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    1. re: Servorg

      Sorry, I'll be staying in West Hollywood but will have a car

      1. re: dberrent

        Then the west side ones or the downtown ones will be sort of equidistant for you. On Sawtelle you can find Furaibo and there is one in the little mall with the Hurry Curry and Little Hong Kong (at the north end of the one story mall) whose name I am blanking on at the moment. If you want to try Musha in Santa Monica that would be worth the time and effort as well.

        (thought of the name of the one on Sawtelle - Place Yuu - see this sort of review: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/754879

        )

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        Musha
        424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

        Little Hong Kong Cafe
        2129 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

        1. re: Servorg

          Might as well add Place Yuu link.

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          Place Yuu
          2101 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

          1. re: Servorg

            if you want to try MUSHA, keep in mind that they WILL take reservations

      2. my favorite is Honda Ya in Little Tokyo, in the alameda mall- 3rd floor. i love the atmosphere as well. Ita Cho is close to west hollywood but it's gone downhill and has been that way for a while, so i'd avoid that one.

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        Little Tokyo Restaurant
        150 E Bonita Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773

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        1. re: Clyde

          I concur with Honda-Ya. It reminds me of places I have visited in Tokyo and Yokohama

        2. Our Favorite amakaze Sushi Izakaya
          69 reviewsRating Details
          Categories: Japanese, Asian Fusion [Edit]
          13327 W Washington Blvd
          Los Angeles, CA 90066
          (310) 822-9900
          www.hamakazevenice.com

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          Izakaya
          8420 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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          1. re: Bruce Kerr

            What's good there? We've been meaning to try that place. We had gone there in their last two incarnations and wasn't super impressed. Haven't been motivated with their 3rd try.

            1. re: Jase

              i liked their food, but the prices were high for what you get.
              not and izakaya, but better pqq ratios at k-zo in culver city (on culver same bldg as trader joes) imho.

              1. re: westsidegal

                Thanks. That was the feel we got looking at their menu and why we weren't super motivated to go.

          2. Furaibo is the best mix of atmosphere and good food but waiting for a table there can be a hassle - try to avoid weekends. Honda-Ya is big and has a great atmosphere - not hard to get a tatami spot on a Friday -but the food (esp. the yakitori) is lackluster - though this is countered by big glasses of good soju for cheap. Haru Ulala probably has the best food but I usually prefer it for a two person meetup than for raucous izakaya fun.

            All are good choices but I think Hagi might have them beat.

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            Haru Ulala
            368 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

            Furaibo
            2068 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

            Honda Ya Japanese Restaurant
            333 S Alameda St Ste 314, Los Angeles, CA 90013

            1. No where close to WeHo, but Torihei (yakitori joint) in Torrance does a great job of satisfying the urge for izakaya-like things. The Torrance Musha is right across the parking lot as well. Izakaya Bincho on the Redondo Beach Pier has great food - an okay drinks list - but is tiny.

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              Musha
              1725 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501

              Izakaya Bincho
              112 N International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

              Torihei
              1757 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90501

              1. Funny, I was just sitting at Izakaya Sasaya in WLA with my parents yesterday, thinking that the simple food here was much better than many comparable places in NYC. Hagi is probably the worst izakaya for food in NYC. Which means you'll do just fine with any of the places mentioned in this thread if Hagi is your standard.

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                1. re: E Eto

                  We've been trying to hit up Sasaya for a while now, but it was always closed for one reason or another whenever we went by - until last night. Thanks for putting them back on the radar for us. We covered quite a bit of their menu, and the vast majority of what we tried was very good. Probably the only criticism of what we ate was the udon. While the noodles were perfect, the broth was quite salty.

                  The interior is relatively comfortable, the service was good, and the prices were fair for this kind of food and the local neighborhood. We found their beer and sake lists to be acceptable, but their shochu lists were substantial. Thanks again...

                2. I second the recommendations for Honda Ya and Mushu. Both are excellent, though IMO Musha's food is slighlty better.

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                  1. re: Ginger9

                    I quite like Musha-there's also a location in Santa Monica though I've only been to the Torrance one.

                  2. minor threadjack:

                    any good izakaya's in the SFV?

                    1. I do not know Bar Hagi.
                      What specific dishes do you seek?
                      Robata-ya (Sawtelle)
                      Nanbankan (Sawtelle-ish)
                      Yabu (WeHo and WLA)
                      Sushi Wa Bistro (WeHo)

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                      Yabu Restaurant
                      11820 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                      Sushi Wa
                      9319 Foothill Blvd, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

                      1. I love Musha but for the full experience, make the trek to their Torrance location. It is far superior from ambiance to the food.

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                        Musha
                        1725 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501